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do you log everything?

I'm just curious. I log every little thing that goes into my mouth. If I lick the top of the yogurt container when I open it for my daughter, I log it. But I know there are people who only log their "official" meals and snacks and never think to log the incidentals. Some people may see that as "cheating," and others may see that as just an oversight.
Personally, I think that anything with calories should be logged (even if you don't log the calories themselves).
What are your thoughts?


Fri. Sep 29, 2:23pm

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I don't concentrate too much on calories, although I am aware of them when inspecting ingredients labels, etc. I don't log non-calorie drinks, like herbal tea and soda. I am trying to log my water intake now, because I HAVE TO increase the amount I drink.

I think your method is good, because they do all add up. That said, I don't think it helps us to be completely obsessive. I'm not saying that you are, just that there can be a tendency toward that.

Just my two cents

Friday, September 29, 2006, 2:35 PM

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Let Your Weight Loss Be Your Guide

If you log a little and work out and your losing weight then you are logging enough. If you are stuck and can't figure out why then you need more details to figure out what has changed and you should log more.

I can't log a little and judge my consumption. Heck if I could judge my consumption I wouldn't be 75# overweight. I am a logger and thrilled since I recently found this site.

Friday, September 29, 2006, 2:39 PM

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Background for my Future Nutritionist or Trainer

Another thought, I often do well for 20#s then fall apart. By using PT with more details I could point a nutritionist or personal trainer to my historical data - if I can ever afford a nutritionist or trainer.

Friday, September 29, 2006, 2:42 PM

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I log EVERY morsel -- even when I fall off the wagon and binge or have things I shouldn't. I see it as cheating myself if I don't log. This way I can look back and see what works for me and why I am losing or why I am not losing.

Friday, September 29, 2006, 3:14 PM

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I have a rule that if something is under 40 calories, like a mini tootsie roll, I don't have to log it. If I eat enough tootsie rolls, I would have to log it. That way I can treat myself without going completely crazy. It is also a way to "catch" myself. If I have a sip of regular soda, then realize what I'm doing, I haven't gone over 40 calories and therefore do not have to log it. I'd quit drinking it, too. If I had to log it I'd probably drink the whole thing.

Friday, September 29, 2006, 4:45 PM

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I log everything - it keeps me from nibbling. It's not about the calories - just about mindful eating. When I'm cooking something in the kitchen, for example, normally I might shove handfuls of food in my mouth without noticing. Now I say to myself - well, I'm going to have to remember what I ate and how much so I can log it and I don't think I can remember all these bits and pieces so I just don't eat them.

Friday, September 29, 2006, 8:58 PM

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I log most things but not under 40 calories! like milk in my coffee. gum ect! That did not make me fat!

Friday, September 29, 2006, 10:22 PM

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I log everything. It's the only way to really know what my calorie intake is.

Besides, cutting just 50 calories a day adds up to 5 pounds in a year.
Still think anything under 40 calories doesn't count?


Friday, September 29, 2006, 10:39 PM

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I try and log everything that contains calories that I eat. For me, this is what logging is all about. It's a way to keep myself honest: if it goes in my mouth and can put weight on my hips (or backside or wherever), it goes in the log.
Actually, i try and log everything, including water, seltzer (no calories), tea (without sugar), and diet sodas. Just to have a complete record.

It's too easy to say, "well, if it's less than 40 calories, it doesn't count." Unfortunately, it does count; that's how I reached 185 lbs: I kept saying that this doesn't count, and that doesn't count. Now I know it ALL counts, at least for me.

However, everybody has to find the system that works for them.

Saturday, September 30, 2006, 1:46 AM

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I log everyTHING everyDAY. Even just a hard candy, or whatever. It drives me crazy when people don't log everything- it's deceitful to the rest of the group! How are we supposed to support you or offer words of advice if we have no idea what people are actually eating?

Monday, October 02, 2006, 8:26 AM

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I try to log everything everyday... and then if I don't and I make comments like, oh I ate so badly yesterday and it's not in my log I have a great couple of groups that will bring it up and say "I didn't see anything in your log about it... are you putting everything in?" it really keeps me on track and I find that when I log EVERYTHING it helps me more because I see where I'm messing up!

Monday, October 02, 2006, 10:43 AM

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8:26 - me too

I was annoyed that a throat drop I had contained 15 calories, but I logged it!

Monday, October 02, 2006, 11:08 AM

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I try to but sometimes I forget. Then, (this is weird) when I remember, I put it down on the day I'm on so I figure the calories at least are written even if it's not on the right day. I still lose weight so I guess it all works out.

Monday, October 02, 2006, 12:05 PM

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